Based in three communities in the Fraser Health Region – Surrey, the Tri-Cities, and Maple Ridge – the Mobile Peer Teams provide harm reduction services to people who use drugs in the places where they live.
To provide harm reduction services to people in the Fraser Valley and retrieve harm reduction supplies.
WHO IS INVOLVED
The various teams distribute a broad range of harm reduction supplies specific to people who use drugs and people who engage in sex work in these communities.
WHAT IT IS
Using the expertise of local people who use drugs, these services were created in partnership to develop the best approach. The teams provide peer-based information and education regarding safe using and overdose prevention and response, provide information regarding recent drug and sex work alerts, and connect people to other supports in the community. They also provide retrieval of harm reduction supplies in areas where inappropriate discards are found.
Making connections with people also means the team can provide referrals to housing, health services such as opioid agonist therapy (or OAT), and outreach support. And in some communities naloxone training and distribution, as well as drug checking services, are also available.
CONTACT FRASER HEALTH HARM REDUCTION SERVICES
Jessica Van Norren